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When Grace Comes Home
How the 'doctrines of grace' change your life
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Practical importance of God's grace
Part of a trilogy
How does Calvinism affect the way you view - worship, humility, adversity, outlook, evangelism, holiness, assurance, liberty, prayer, guidance and living faith? Terry Johnson illuminates the practical implications of Calvinism and how God's grace changes every aspect of your life.
Terry Johnson is Senior Pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia.
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With much practical wisdom and help for Christian thinking and living, this book makes good application of good theology.
W. Robert Godfrey ~ President, Westminster Seminary in California, Escondido, California
Enriches our understanding.
Darryl G. Hart ~ Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Wilmington, Delaware
Terry Johnson has provided a splendid work on how right theology bears upon our worship, character, suffering and growth in the Christian life.
James Montgomery Boice ~ Late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Terry Johnson's When Grace Comes Home is to be welcomed.
Ligon Duncan ~ Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary System
Rarely can the vitamin content of sweet, strong, classic pastoral Calvinism have been made so plain and palatable as it is here.
J. I. Packer ~ Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
He manages to make theology what it ought always to be... I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Derek Thomas ~ Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
When Grace Comes Home is a book about the practical working out of Christian beliefs. There are an awful lot of us who are proud of our doctrine, that we know the right answers to the tough questions about Christianity, yet fail to live like they're true.
This book is an antidote, subtitled 'How the Doctrines of Grace Change Your Life'. It is written from a traditional, reformed, Christian perspective (eg. J.I. Packer and R.C. Sproul) and takes various doctrines and Christian disciplines and shows how belief in God's sovereignty and human depravity ought to affect these areas.
The chapters included are Worship, Humility, Adversity, Outlook, Witness, Sanctification, Assurance, Law and Liberty, Prayer, Guidance and A Faith for Living. The writing is engaging, persuasive and at times quite disarming.
I'd like to note a few drawbacks before wrapping up though. I don't think Johnson addresses the issues of Law and Liberty and Guidance as clearly and fairly as he could to his opponents, although the Guidance chapter is particularly excellent (like many cessationists, he seems significantly closer to the Charismatics than he thinks) and encouraging. There's also a suspicion of reason that runs through his book, which I find a little disappointing, or at least unclear, but these are minor points.
The book comes recommended by some great names in Evangelicalism, including James Boice and J. Ligon Duncan III, but Packer sums the book up best with:
'Rarely can the vitamin content of sweet, strong, classic pastoral Calvinism have been made so plain and palatable as it is here.'
Posted by Paul Huxley, Guildford